Follow these easy steps to maintain your home and protect your investment

10 Exterior Home Maintenance Tips for Summer

Follow these easy steps to maintain your home and protect your investment

Follow these easy steps to maintain your home and protect your investment`

Your home is your castle and you take great pride in maintaining it that way! Windows, gutters, decks and all the other areas of your home need regular care to continue looking fabulous and operating as efficiently as possible. A quick and easy checklist will help ensure nothing gets left out, potentially causing more costly repairs down the line.

Roof

-Inspect your roof shingles, flashing, eaves and soffits. Was anything lost or damaged due to winter weather? Consider the age of your roof, maybe it’s time to think about replacing? Anything cracked buckled, or loose needs repair or replacement. Flashing around vents, skylights and chimneys should be checked and repaired if necessary by a qualified roofer. Clean everything thoroughly.

Exterior caulking, sills & thresholds

-Inspect the caulking around your windows, doors or service penetrations. Scrape out all failing caulk, clean the area and re-caulk as necessary.

Window & door screens & hinges

-Clean screens while checking for holes. Patch or replace as needed. Save old screens for patching next year. Tighten or repair loose or damaged frames and repaint as needed. Tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers. This will keep more bugs out and more air-conditioned air in.

Gutters

-Remove all leaves, needles and debris from your gutters. Reattach any gutters or downspouts that have pulled away from the home. Check for leaks and repair any found with caulking or epoxy. Ensure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear of all debris. Improper drainage can lead to flooding in basements and standing water can breed pests like mosquitoes.

Concrete

-Inspect concrete slabs and walls for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs (except pool decks) should drain away from the home’s foundation. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk before waiting for the weather to allow power-washing and re-sealing of the concrete. If cracks are evident in the foundation walls of the home you should call a professional foundation crew to assess the issue.

Decks

Check decks, patios, porches, stairs and railings for any deterioration or loose boards. The sun and rain can destroy some finishes quicker than others. A good scrub, power-wash and seal will have your deck ready for those summer BBQ’s in no time.

Exterior faucets & hoses

-Check exterior Hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and if you can stop the flow of water with nothing more than your finger, it is likely a pipe inside your home is damaged and will need to be replaced. Also check the garden hose for dry rot.

Power equipment & trimming

-Check your gas and battery powered yard equipment to make sure it is ready for summer use. Clean equipment and sharp cutting blades will make yard work easier. Trim back all vegetation away from the structures to prevent damage to the siding. An overgrown lawn and unkempt garden beds will quickly reduce your home’s curb appeal.

Sprinkler & irrigation system

-Check lawn and garden sprinklers for leaks, exposed lines or damaged sprinkler heads. Call an irrigation specialist for advice and assessment if needed as it’s better to figure it out before you need to turn
the sprinklers on for the season.

Mechanical systems service

-Have a qualified HVAC contractor clean and service the air conditioning system, heat pump and/or furnace. Clean coils operate more efficiently and an annual service call will keep the systems working at peak performance levels. Change interior filters on a regular basis.

It can seem like a daunting list at first, but get going checking off those boxes and you’ll be surprised how quickly your castle will shine again!